By James Michael Igiri
In a bid to reconstitute the board of federal universities in Nigeria, the federal government has
appointed a new chairman for the governing council of the University of Lagos as well as
twenty-two new individuals to serve as chairmen of various federal universities.
According to reports, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the exercise on Friday that would
bring in new officials for the next four years. The institutions affected are those whose council’s
tenures have expired.
Some were, however, not included because the tenure of their council was yet to elapse or some
just had their councils reconstituted.
According to the statement signed personally by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu, the
President, in making the appointments took cognizance of the requirements for membership,
including a minimum of a university degree, high integrity and commitment to educational
development of the country.
Among the newly appointed chairman of the council are Dr. Wale Babalakin [University of
Lagos]; Prof. Ibrahim Gambari [Bayero University, Kano]; Prof. Femi Odekunle[Federal
University of Technology, Akure]; others are Air Vice Marshal Muktar Mohammed[Ahmadu
Bello University, Zaria]; Chief Mike Olorunfemi [University of Nigeria, Nsukka]; Prof. John
Ofem [Federal University of Technology, Owerri]; Senator Nkechi Nworgue [University of
Calabar]; Mr Joshua Wakelet [University of Ibadan,]; Ambassador Niniola Nimota Akanbi
[Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology, Bauchi], Prof. Abdullahi Shehu Zuru [
Federal University of Petroleum Technology, Effurun]; and Mr. Bello Suleiman (Micheal
Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike).
The rest are Mallan Buhar Zarma [Modibbo Adama University of Technology]; Mr. Aziz Bello
[Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka]; Alhaji Sani Maikudi [University of Abuja]; Dr. Aboki
Zhara [Federal university of Agriculture, Abeokuta], Prof. Al-kassim Abba [University of
Agriculture, Makurdi]; Alhaji Isa Ashiru [University of Benin]; Dr. Jibril Oyekan [University of
Ilorin]; and Prince Tony Momoh [University of Jos].
Before now, the governing councils of the 12 new federal universities, as well as those of
Obafemi Awolowo University, and University of Port-Harcourt were reconstituted this year. The
tenure of the council of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) elapses in January next
It would also be recalled that, the outgoing Chairman of Council of the University of Lagos,
Prof. Jerry Gana during a convocation address earlier this year hinted that the 2016 convocation
ceremony was his last as Chairman of Council.